“Water? No…….we don’t drink water with fondue.” After the overwhelming presence of wine and alcohol in the meal– wine in the fondue, wine to drink, and some sort of cherry alcohol to dip the bread in before dipping it into the cheese– we were ready for some water. However, by the quizzical looks we received from my roommate Isa and her brother (our kind hosts for the evening) we realized that we had done something wrong– a “faux pas” if you will.

Playing the part of the dumb Americans (it wasn’t very difficult for us) Amber, Chelsey and I inquired as to why water was not allowed with fondue, only to learn that it is not good for the digestion….of course, we should have known that(!)

However, our hosts were very understanding and provided us with some hot tea to cleanse the palate. Not wanting to eat too, too much of the wine doused cheese mixture (it was tasty at first, but overwhelming after a while), we were still a bit hungry after finishing. Somehow we weaseled a bit of butter and home made jam out of our hosts, and slathered it onto the bread left over from the fondue feast as our hosts eyed us critically– apparently this is not the norm either. Overall, it was a lovely evening, but the fondue was not at all what I am used to or what I was expecting. However, I feel as though I know a lot more about “real” fondue and the correct procedures involved.

#1: One does not drink water with fondue. It is apparently strictly forbidden (at least in this circle). However, it is for your own good, if you are concerned about healthy digestion (something I am apparently not very familiar with). The normal drink of choice with fondue is white wine. I’m not too sure why you would want to drink white wine with fondue, as there is already 1dl of white wine per person already in the fondue, but, I don’t want to ask too many questions, therefore I will simply accept rules as rules.

#2: Eating jam and bread during the day or at night (and especially just after having fondue) is rather discouraged. Jam and bread is a breakfast food.

#3: Fondue literally means “melted” in French; however, the word does not have the same connotation as it does in the US (i.e., anything melted in a pot with long forks and stuff to dip in it is fondue). Fondue is normally just a cheese mixture (with other ingredients– wine, of course, being among them). I asked my roommate about chocolate fondue, but she was not very familiar with it, and has never tried it.

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